Posted on 8th December 2015

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Industry Unity

Kamila Shamsie, author of Burnt Shadows, has kindly allowed us to reproduce the talk she gave at the Futurebook Author Day conference in London on 30th November 2015. Let me do what novelists like to do best. Let me tell you some stories. Two stories, in fact. Story 1 In 1998, my first novel In the City by…

Posted on 1st December 2015

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News: Ben Myers

Congratulations to 2015 longlisted author Ben Myers, who has won The Portico Prize For Literature 2015 with his novel, Beastings (Bluemoose Books). Fiction judge, Professor Andrew Biswell, said: “The books have provoked a variety of emotions – as all great writing should – of which pleasure has been the strongest.” The awards, given every two years…

Posted on 29th October 2015

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Lavie Tidhar: Two Weeks in Toji

For the second year running, a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize writer has taken up residency at Toji Cultural Foundation, South Korea. The residency is supported by the British Council. Only a week ago I was at Toji, and now that I’m back home, and back to the hustle and bustle of London and life in…

Posted on 27th October 2015

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News: Bethan Roberts

2015 winner, Bethan Roberts has announced her new drama series, The View from the Windows will be on the BBC Radio 4 programme, Woman’s Hour. The series explores the 20th century through the diaries and correspondence of real people. It’s 1954 and the avant-garde commercial artist Monica Rawlins finds herself alone, in the middle-of-nowhere rural Cardiganshire, breeding geese….

Posted on 13th October 2015

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Lavie Tidhar: Writer in Residence at Toji Cultural Foundation, South Korea

For the second year running, a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize winning writer has taken up residency at Toji Cultural Foundation, South Korea. The residency is supported by the British Council. After his first week as writer in residence, Lavie Tidhar shares his thoughts: I arrived in Korea at the end of Chuseok, the “festival of the harvest…

Posted on 2nd October 2015

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Opposing Library Closures

Now that Jeremy Corbyn has been elected leader of the Labour Party, I very much hope that included in his government policies-to-oppose tray, is a memo to crank up the protests against the closures of public libraries. Following a short imprisonment in Wormwood Scrubs in 1981, the institution where I managed to educate myself and…

Posted on 25th September 2015

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We’re in the Entertainment Business

Devising ways to publicise my debut novel, Brixton Rock, the ever-inventive, Rosemarie Hudson, publisher of BlackAmber Books, came up with the idea of giving away a free stick of Brixton Rock with every purchase of the novel.  Local bookstores and their staff loved the notion (and tasted it during tea-break) and had enough enthusiasm to…

Posted on 18th September 2015

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RETURN OF THE N.B.A (Net Book Agreement)

It’s been twenty years since several of the major publishers withdrew from the Net Book Agreement and I believe it’s time to reintroduce it in a new form. Established in 1900 by the significant publishers of the day, where it was approved that any bookseller who sold a book less than the agreed price would…

Posted on 11th September 2015

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THE BARD-ON-HAY

In the Writing The Future Report, an analysis of Black and Asian writers and publishers in the UK market place commissioned by Spread The Word, it found that just 23 homegrown Black and Asian literary novelists (discounting celebrity, sports and cookery writers) were invited to the Big Three literary festivals (Cheltenham, Hay & Edinburgh) of 2014. For the first…

Posted on 9th September 2015

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Alex Wheatle announced as Guest Editor

We are thrilled to announce that Alex Wheatle will be joining us as Guest Editor on FictionUncovered.co.uk over the next month. Check the website, Twitter and Facebook feeds for his articles the first of which will be posted later this week. Our previous Guest Editors have been Simon Savidge, David Hebblethwaite, Kaite Welsh, Anita Sethi, Naomi Frisby and Adventures with Words duo, Kate Neilan and Rob Chilver. Born in London of…

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